How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

By Karen Bridgers
Make your own nectar to feed birds

This formula is appropriate for both hummingbird and oriole feeders. Experts believe that it closely approximates the sweetness and consistency of the nectar naturally found in flowers.

Mix 1/4 c. sugar and 1 c. water in a cup or jar.

Stir briskly with a spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Pour the mixture into a clean hummingbird or oriole feeder.

Cover any unused nectar and refrigerate for up to five days.

About the Author

Karen Bridgers started with eHow in 1998 as a writer. In 1981, she launched her professional career with a weekly column in the Santa Barbara News-Press called "Bird Watch". Sharing her love for birds and birding has been a commitment for more than 25 years, and her column is still a weekly feature in the local newspaper. In addition, Karen has done a lot of travel writing, and co-authored the first edition of the "Insider's Guide to Santa Barbara", which was published in 1999.